According to the DGS weekly epidemiological bulletin, the number of confirmed cases of infection dropped by 5,169 compared to the previous week, however, there was an increase of eight deaths in the comparison between the two periods.

As for hospital occupancy in mainland Portugal due to Covid-19, the DGS started to release data on hospitalisations for the Monday before the report was published on Fridays.

Based on this criterion, the bulletin indicates that, last Monday, 1,180 people were hospitalised, 16 more than on the same day of the previous week, of which 61 patients were in intensive care units, minus three.

According to data from the DGS, the seven-day incidence was, on Monday, at 681 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, having registered a 7% reduction in relation to the previous week, while the transmissibility index (Rt) of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 remained at 0.97.

By region, Lisbon and Vale do Tejo recorded a total of 26,739 cases between March 22 and 28, 2,901 less than in the previous period, and 52 deaths, plus six.

The Central region accounted for 13,109 cases (minus 1,941) and 32 deaths (minus nine) and the North totalled 13,899 cases of infection, 551 more than the previous week, and 31 deaths, plus five.

In the Alentejo, there were 4,641 positive cases (minus 594) and seven deaths (minus four) and in the Algarve there were 4,621 infections by SARS-CoV-2 (minus 196) and 14 deaths (plus eight).

As for the autonomous regions, the Azores had 2,363 new infections between March 22 and 28 (plus 140) and one death (minus two), while Madeira recorded 4,739 cases in those seven days (minus 228) and 11 deaths (plus four).

According to the DGS, the age group between 40 and 49 years old was the one with the highest number of cases within seven days (11,878), followed by people between 30 and 39 years old (9,671), while the elderly with more 80-year-old were the group with the fewest infections (4,473).

Of the total admissions, 532 were elderly people over 80 years old, followed by the age group from 70 to 79 years old (247) and from 60 to 69 years old (169).

The bulletin also mentions that, in these seven days, 119 elderly people over 80 died, 19 people between 70 and 79 years old, six between 60 and 69 years old, three between 50 and 59 years old and one between 40 and 49 years old.